The City of Valparaiso reports that tomorrow, July 18th, road restrictions will be in place on parts of Morgan Boulevard and Lafayette Street for road painting. Officials report restrictions will take place on Morgan, from Lincolnway to Bush, and on Lafayette, from Monroe to Indiana, from 7am to 5pm, with two-way traffic being maintained.
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The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy opens in Vincennes today... the 100th anniversary of the funnyman's birth. Fans from around the nation are coming to Indiana for the event. The exhibits feature memorabilia donated by Red's widow including costumes and two-hundred original Skelton paintings. The "Red Skelton Show" was broadcast on television from 1951 to 1971 - the second longest entertainment program in network television history - and earned Skelton three Emmy Awards. A prolific artist, writer, musical composer, and movie actor who performed to sell-out stage audiences nationwide, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Skelton its Governor's Award for lifetime achievement in 1986. The Vincennes native passed away in 1997 at the age of 84.
More info from Vincennes University:
VINCENNES, Ind. - Red Skelton fans from throughout the nation are coming to Vincennes on July 18 for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy. The celebration and show comes on the 100th anniversary of Red's birthplace, within sight of the Museum and adjoining Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, at Vincennes University.
"Reservations have come in from people in 12 states including California, South Carolina, Florida, Arizona, Washington, Alabama. It proves once again that Red Skelton touched the lives of people throughout the nation through his 70 years in show business - a remarkable career that started right here in Vincennes," said Dr. Phillip M. Summers, chair of the Red Skelton Museum Foundation Board.
One of Red's close friends and fellow performers Jamie Farr, of "M*A*S*H" television show fame, is coming to Vincennes for the celebration. He will be joined on stage for a 7:30 p.m. "Birthday Celebration" show by Red Skelton impersonator Tom Mullica, musical guests Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner, Red’s widow Lothian Skelton, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
A fan of Skelton's radio show as a youngster, Farr credits Skelton with giving him his start in television. Farr was a regular on "The Red Skelton Show" for two seasons, one of America's top-rated and longest-running television shows. An accomplished television and Broadway actor, best known for his role as Corporal Klinger on M*A*S*H, Farr calls Skelton one his "all-time heroes."
The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy will feature Skelton memorabilia donated by Lothian Skelton valued at more than $4.5 million, including original costumes and 200 original Skelton paintings.
The interactive exhibits include Skelton's famous characters, a biographical film in the museum theatre, a timeline of his life, and Red’s famous interpretation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Plans are already underway to continue to expand the Museum with exhibits of Skelton's career in Vaudeville, radio, television and the movies.
Even before it opens, the Skelton Museum is attracting national attention.
The Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor has announced it has selected Vincennes for its 2014 National Conference because of the Skelton Museum. The conference is expected to bring 200 to 300 professionals to the southern Indiana community.
The "Red Skelton Show" was broadcast on television from 1951 to 1971 - the second longest entertainment program in network television history - and earned Skelton three Emmy Awards. A prolific artist, writer, musical composer, and movie actor who performed to sell-out stage audiences nationwide, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Skelton its Governor's Award for lifetime achievement in 1986.
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
The Grand Opening Celebration will include:
3:30 PM News Conference
5:30 PM Special Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
6:00 PM Museum opens for tours until 10:00 PM (except during the show).
6:00 PM-VIP ticket holder Cocktail reception with Lothian Skelton that includes appetizers and wine
7:00 PM Theatre doors open for seating.
7:30 PM- Birthday Celebration show begins in the Red Skelton Theatre, featuring actor Jamie Farr, Red Skelton impersonator Tom Mullica, musical guests Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner, and Lothian Skelton
8:30 PM- Dessert reception on the outside circle patio
8:30 PM- Museum tours continue until 10:00 PM
There are three ticket prices:
$100 - VIP includes reception, commemorative pin, premier seating, dessert reception after the show, and self-guided tours of the museum throughout the evening
$50 – Patron includes commemorative pin, priority seating, dessert reception after the show, and self-guided tours of the museum throughout the evening
$30 – General Admission includes general seating, dessert reception after the show, and self-guided tours of the museum throughout the evening
The Grand Opening weekend also includes a Senior Day on July 19 with free entrance to the Museum for anyone over 60 years of age. The day will include the opportunity to be part of a video blog of "Red Skelton Stories" that will be added to the collection.
July 20 will be Family Day with free entrance for persons 18 and under when accompanied by a parent. There will be special hands-on activities about comedy, humor and laughter.
For more information call 812-888-2105, or visit the web site www.redskeltonmuseum.org
In Gary, police are investigating a shooting death overnight. It's the seventh homicide in the city, and sixth fatal shooting, since the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The Lake County Coroners office reports 27-year-old Christopher Hughes of Gary sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead in the 19-hundred block of Connecticut Street at 3:30 this morning. Gary officials have reportedly asked the Governor for assistance from Indiana State Police to combat the recent surge in violent crime. This morning's shooting death marks the 29th homicide in the city this year. Last year, Gary had a total of 43 homicides.
In October 1995, then-Governor Evan Bayh deployed fifty state troopers to Gary, in response to a request from then-Mayor Thomas Barnes to fight the city's rising murder toll. There were more than 130 homicides recorded in the city that year.
The mayor of La Porte has asked Governor Mike Pence to take her name off a list of candidates for state auditor, a position that opens up next week when Tim Berry is expected to formally be named chair of the state Republican party. Mayor Blair Milo has released a statement saying she was invited by the Governor's office to meet with Pence for what was described as a potential opportunity. Milo says she met with Governor Pence and Chief of Staff Bill Smith this past Monday regarding the Governors upcoming appointment to the position of State Auditor. Milo said she was very honored to be considered, and that it was a very difficult decision, but she looks forward to “continuing to support Governor Pence and the Indiana team by leading the La Porte contingent.”
Statement released by Mayor Blair Milo:
Mayor Milo to remain in office
Following the announcement of Governor Mike Pence’s selection of State Auditor Tim Berry as his recommendation for selection as Chairman of the Republican Party, Mayor Blair Milo was contacted by leaders within the Republican Party to participate in the possible selection process for State Auditor. Late last week Mayor Milo was invited by Governor Pence’s office to meet with the Governor for what was described as a potential opportunity. Milo met with Governor Pence and Chief of Staff Bill Smith on Monday, July 15, 2013 and had a very positive meeting regarding the Governors upcoming appointment to the position of State Auditor.
Mayor Blair Milo stated, “After a great deal of thought and prayer, I have notified Governor Pence that I am extremely honored to have been under consideration for the position of State Auditor, but I feel that my commitment to serve the people of La Porte in the best manner possible is met by remaining in my capacity as Mayor at this time. Our community team of the City department heads and employees as well as leaders of local businesses, non-profits, service organizations, faith-based organizations and many others has made great strides in the last year and a half and I am dedicated to ensuring we are able to see through many of the pivotal projects we are currently addressing. The next State Auditor will have great opportunities to not only continue the outstanding work of State Auditor Tim Berry, but closely participate in the many exciting efforts that Governor Mike Pence is leading, taking Indiana from good to great. This was a very difficult decision for me, but I look forward to continuing to support Governor Pence and the Indiana team by leading the La Porte contingent.”
The Porter County Sheriff's Office reports in light of recent events locally and nationally, no backpacks, large bags, or coolers will be allowed at the Porter County Fair. Public Information Officer, Sgt. Larry LaFlower says any bags brought into the fair will be subject to a search, but women's purses will be fine to bring in. Sgt. LaFlower also wants remind those attending the Hunter Hayes concert to please arrive early, as a large sold-out crowd is expected to help kick-off the first day of fair.
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Traffic will be restricted to local residents only tomorrow, July 18th, on part of County Road 50 West in Porter County for asphalt paving. The Porter County Highway Department reports work will take place on County Road 50 West, from the Toll Road to County Road 1050 North, from 6am to 4:30pm.
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JOHN R. SCOTT, age 81, a longtime Portage resident, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013.
Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder and his staff extends their condolences to the family of former Porter County Assessor John Scott saying that Scott devoted much of his life to public service, "Mr. Scott was more than happy to assist me with the transition from one assessor to the next." Snyder said Scott taught him some things, "some of the things I learned I still hold to today. I have a lot of respect for him." The county's current assessor also said that for more than 20 years, Scott served as Portage Township Assessor before becoming the county assessor for four years, "that is something that should be applauded," said Snyder.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service at 2700 Willocreek Rd., Portage. Where according to their website, family and friends may call on Friday, July 19, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Rosary and parish rosary at 6:00 p.m. and Legion service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. DIRECTLY from Nativity of Our Savior Catholic, 2949 Willowcreek Rd., Portage with Rev. Andrew Corona officiating. There will be one half-hour of visitation at church prior to service. At rest Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Memorials preferred to Nativity of Our Savior, Bishop Carl Mengeling Endowment Fund.
Read more about John R. Scott's life at: http://www.pruzinfuneralservice.com/sitemaker/sites/PRUZIN1/obit.cgi?user==1035409SCOTT
(photo from Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service website)
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INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Mike Pence today issued the following statement commending the first responders and rescuers for their efforts to save the life of a young Illinois boy who was trapped under eleven feet of sand for more than three hours last Friday. The child is currently recovering at a Chicago hospital.
“As I told Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer yesterday, I express my deepest admiration and utmost gratitude for the Michigan City first responders and all others involved whose efforts were paramount to the rescue of young Nathan Woessner last week.
“They include the Michigan City Police and Fire Departments, Fire Chief Ronnie Martin, Firefighter Brad Kreighbaum, the LaPorte County EMS, St. Anthony Health in Michigan City, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park Rangers, including Bruce Rowe, the University of Chicago Medical Center and Comer’s Children’s Hospital, including Dr. Tracy Koogler and fellow doctors, D&M Excavators, Woodruff & Son Excavators, NIPSCO, the Red Cross, LaPorte Deputy Coroner Mark Huffman, volunteer firefighter Ryan Miller, local lifeguards and volunteers. Their courage, commitment and persistence epitomize the character of our great state and illustrate for the world the quality and compassion of Hoosiers.
“As the young boy’s father said to me, ‘This is everyone’s miracle.’ I wholeheartedly agree and commend these brave men and women for their swift work in bringing this young boy to safety and improved health.”
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(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Dept)
A 28 year old woman is the LaPorte Police Department's Wanted Person of the Week. LaPorte Police report Krystal Gutierrez is currently wanted through LaPorte Circuit Court for revocation of suspended sentence for an original charge of battery. Gutierrez is described as a black female, 5'05”, weighing 150-pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding the immediate whereabouts of Krystal Gutierrez is asked to call 9-1-1.
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(Photo Courtesy of the US Marshals Service)
A member of the Gangster Disciples Street Gang, with an extensive violent criminal history, is this week's US Marshals Service, Great Lakes Task Force, Fugitive of the Week. 31 year old Jaime Burgess is wanted in Lake County Court for attempted murder, burglary resulting in serious bodily injury, burglary, and burglary while armed. Authorities report Burgess is described as a black male, 5'06”, weighing 180-pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, who was last known to reside in the 25-hundred block of Harrison Street, in Gary. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jamie Burgess may contact task force investigators by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain anonymous.
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Valparaiso officials say an emergency closure of Campbell Street in Valparaiso is in effect between Chestnut and Chicago Streets after a contractor cut a water service line. The closure is expected to last about four hours.
Information from the Indiana Department of Labor:
The Indiana Department of Labor and federal OSHA warn employers and employees about the hazards of working in the heat.
There are three vital components to reducing the likelihood of heat-related illnesses:
1. Water: A worker should not depend on thirst to signal when and how much fluid to drink. In fact, most individuals exposed to hot conditions drink fewer fluids than needed because of an insufficient thirst drive. Instead, workers should drink five to seven ounces of fluids every 15 to 20 minutes to replenish necessary fluids. That is approximately one bottle of water per hour.
2. Rest: Regular rest breaks aid workers in hot environments, whether the heat exposure is outdoors or indoors.
3. Shade: When work is performed outdoors, another important step to reducing heat illness is to provide shaded break areas. Shaded areas give workers necessary relief from the sun.
Employers and employees are strongly encouraged to learn about heat-related illnesses and take necessary precautions for prevention. To learn more about heat stress, please visit OSHA’s heat illness page, located here: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html
Sears is re-announcing the recall of nearly 800-thousand Kenmore dehumidifiers due to additional reports of fires and because so few people responded the first time. In the original notice last August, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Sears had gotten 107 reports of injuries and more than seven-million dollars in property damage. Since then, Sears has received seven additional reports of shorting and fire associated with the dehumidifiers including a severe burn to a consumer's foot.
For photos and additional information click here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Sears-Reannounces-Recall-of-Kenmore-Dehumidifiers/
[Photo/CPSC, Property damage caused by recalled dehumidifier]
Indiana Governor Mike Pence, joined by local education leaders and industry partners, today unveiled a map of the eleven regions for the Indiana Works Councils and provided an update on their progress. The Northwest Indiana region is Region One, made up of Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Pulaski Counties.
“All honest work is honorable work, and Indiana’s schools should work just as well for our kids who want to get a job as they do for our kids who want to get a college degree,” said Governor Pence. “To address this need, we are in the process of forming eleven regional Indiana Works Councils and are pleased with the number of industry partners who have stepped forward to lend insight to this critical effort. With the guidance of this private industry-led initiative, we will make Indiana a national leader in career and technical education workforce readiness for all Hoosier students.”
The Indiana Works Councils were created with the passage of Senate Enrolled Act 465, which the Governor signed into law on April 15, 2013. The legislation specifies the Council will bring educators and employers together to evaluate and develop career and technical education that meets the demands of employers in each region. Each Council is responsible for preparing and submitting a comprehensive evaluation of the available career, technical and vocational education opportunities for high school students in its region to the Governor and the education roundtable by November 1, 2013.
A map of the Indiana Works Council regions can be found here: http://www.in.gov/gov/2587.htm
An Indianapolis company is planning to build a 28-story tower on the north lot of the former Market Square Arena site in downtown Indianapolis. Construction on the proposed 81-million dollar development, which includes three-hundred luxury apartments along with ground-floor retail space, is scheduled to begin next spring and open the year after.
For more info click here: http://www.indy.gov/News%20Items/PR%20--%2007%2016%2013%20MSA%20Release.pdf
- CR 50W Closure Thursday Near Chesterton
- Multi-State Baseball Tournament Thurs-Sun
- Indiana Names 33 'Companies to Watch'
- Portage Detective is Indiana Officer of the Year
- Gary Wants Meeting to Address Violence
- Heat Wave Continues, Hottest Day Could be Friday
- Region Cooling Center Locations
- Gary Woman 1 of 13 Honored at IN Black Expo Gov's Awards
- LaPorte Co Burglary/Shooting Case Closed with No Charges
- Precautions to Take for Your Pets During the Heat Wave
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